Attention. If you were to look up the word in the dictionary you would find words similar to this; ‘the act or faculty of attending, especially by directing the mind to an object.’ Or; ‘Observant care, consideration,’ or ‘notice or awareness’.
This last example is the one that I am interested in. Awareness, or similarly, attention. I came across a question yesterday. It is a question directed at oneself and can be formulated thus: Where is my attention now?
It is an interesting thing to have the awareness at occasions throughout the day to ask oneself; where is my attention now?
If you are at work, it should be on the work you are doing. If you are with a loved one, it should be only on them. And if you are on the beach or out in glorious nature, it should be on your surroundings!
But i’m afraid I have to point out that this is hardly ever the case. If we are outside in a beautiful setting, our attention is often elsewhere, on work or some other trivial matter. If we are with a friend or partner, do they have all of my attention or only a small part of it?
I felt like sharing this today because in theory this is a very simple exercise to do. Ask yourself whenever you can remember, or whenever it may come to mind: Where is my attention now? And just by asking this simple question, you will find it will be easier to have some small control over it for a second. But please, don’t take my word for it, try it.
If you find your mind racing at some stage during the day and dislike the flow of thoughts that constantly go on. Take a second for yourself… Just ask.